Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster: Traveling Through Scotland with Boswell and Johnson

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Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster: Traveling through Scotland with Boswell and Johnson

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Starr (A Guide to South Carolina Beaches) is a Samuel Johnson and James Boswell fanatic. He here relates meeting Scots along his travels who drew a blank when asked about Johnson and Boswell, despite the men's whirlwind journey through Scotland in 1773. Each wrote about the trip in books that added to their literary acclaim—Johnson is the author of the Dictionary of the English Language, and Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Starr traces their trek in reverse via car, using their own words as guides and inspiration as he tours the great Scottish sites (and partakes in the great Scottish beverage). Not content to limit himself to their paths, he also explores other parts of Scotland. VERDICT True confession: this reviewer was one of those who couldn't completely place Johnson and Boswell, but this book proved enjoyable nonetheless. Scottish history and travel buffs and Johnson and Boswell enthusiasts will find this fun and inspiring.—Lee Arnold, Historical Soc. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570039485
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Pages: 223
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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